Shih Ching Wang with Sanxian (1917)
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This lantern slide shows International YMCA College, now Springfield College, alumnus Shih Ching Wang (class of 1921), who was born in Peking, China. He is sitting in a chair in the middle of a gymnasium, most likely the West Gymnasium in Judd Gymnasia, wearing traditional Chinese garb, and playing a sanxian. The sanxian is a Chinese lute with three strings, a long fingerboard, and no fret. The body is traditionally made from snake skin stretched over a rectangular resonator with rounded edges. In the late 20th century, a four-stringed version was developed. Similar to the banjo, the sanxian has a dry, somewhat percussive tone and loud volume. Most musicians play with a plectrum (i.e. pick), but some use their fingernails. Although the sanxian has historically been one of the most popular Chinese folk instruments, recent years have seen a major decline in the number of classical sanxian players. This has caused some to worry that the instrument’s rich playing traditions may be lost forever.
Minor deterioration around edges; Text on border reads, "YMCA College S.C. Wang 1917, Chinese Student.
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
International Young Men's Christian Association College
Wang, Shih Ching
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- Shih Ching Wang with Sanxian (1917). 1917. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/3561. (Accessed June 18, 2018.)
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- (1917) Shih Ching Wang with Sanxian (1917). Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/3561
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- Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/3561>.